Totally Wired

The Fall

About Totally Wired

"Totally Wired" is a song by the Fall. Released in September 1980, the single became one of their signature tracks. The track subsequently appeared on CD reissues of their album Grotesque (After the Gramme). The track reached no. 2 in the UK Independent Singles Chart and no. 25 in New Zealand. The song has been sampled by the Justified Ancients of Mu Mu on their album 1987 (What the Fuck Is Going On?) and covered by Terry Edwards, Chris Cacavas, and the Last Shadow Puppets on their 2016 EP The Dream Synopsis. The Last Shadow Puppets' performance of the song at Manchester's Castlefield Bowl on 10 July 2016 saw them joined by Johnny Marr, who had earlier admitted to being 'obsessed' with the song . The track appeared in John Peel's Festive Fifty in both 1980 and 1981, reaching 21 and 56 respectively and number 34 on All Time Festive Fifty broadcast in 2000. Subsequently it appeared at #57 on the "100 Greatest Singles of the Post-Punk Era" published by Uncut in 2001, in Gary Mulholland's book This is Uncool – The 500 Greatest Singles since Punk and Disco, published in 2003 , and in the Guide To the (500) Greatest Songs from Punk To the Present published by Pitchfork published in 2014. In a dismissive review on its release, Danny Baker said in NME: "Totally Wired is ugly, and terribly produced – yes it does matter!" and "I can't see there's an audience for The Fall's constant verbal battering." 


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I'm totally wired. 
Totally wired. 
I'm totally wired. 
Totally wired.

Can't you see? a butterfly stomach round ground. 
I drank a jar of coffee, and I took some of these.

And I'm totally wired. 
Totally wired. 
I'm totally wired. 
Totally wired.

Life leaves you surprised.
Slaps you in the eyes.
If I were a communist, a rich man would bale me.
The opposite applies.
The morning light.
Another fresh fight.
Another row, right, right, right, right.

And I'm totally wired. 
Just totally wired. 
I'm totally biased. totally wired.

You don't have to be weird to be wired
You don't have to be an American brand
You don't have to be strange to be strange
You don't have to be weird to be weird

But I'm totally wired. 
Totally wired. 
Just totally
Wired. I'm totally wired.

My heart and I agree. my heart and I agree.
I'm irate, peeved, irate, peeved,
Irate, bad state. bad state.

'cause I'm totally wired. 
Totally wired. 
Just totally wired. 
Totally wired.
And I'm always worried. 
And I'm always worried.
And I'm always worried. 
And I'm always worried.

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The Fall

The Fall are an English post-punk band, formed in Prestwich, Greater Manchester, in 1976. With an ever-changing line up, the group essentially consists of its founder and only constant member, Mark E. Smith, who has said "If it's me and your granny on bongos, then it's [the] Fall". First associated with the late 1970s punk movement, the band's music has evolved through numerous stylistic changes, often concurrently with changes in the group's membership. The Fall's music is characterised by repetition, an abrasive guitar-driven sound, and is always underpinned by Smith's often cryptic lyrics, described by critic Steve Huey as "abstract poetry filled with complicated wordplay, bone-dry wit, cutting social observations, and general misanthropy." more »

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Written by: Mark E Smith, Stephen Hanley, Marc Riley, Craig Scanlan

Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group

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15 facts about this song

Band Formation
"The Fall" was a post-punk band formed in Manchester, United Kingdom in 1976.
Release Year
The song "Totally Wired" was released by The Fall in 1980.
Album Association
"Totally Wired" appears on the single of the same name but didn't appear on any of the band's studio albums. It did, however, appear on several compilation albums later.
Mark E. Smith, who was the band's founder and only constant member, wrote the song "Totally Wired."
The song was released under the record label "Rough Trade."
Live Performances
"Totally Wired" was one of the most frequently performed songs in The Fall's concerts, cementing its status as a fan favorite.
Through songs like "Totally Wired," The Fall influenced many artists and bands that came after it, including Sonic Youth, Pixies, and Pavement.
Lack of Chart Success
Despite its popularity amongst fans, "Totally Wired" did not chart in the UK Singles Chart.
Song Interpretations
The song has often been interpreted as Mark E. Smith’s commentary on anxiety, over-stimulation, or substance abuse.
Signature Style
"Totally Wired" features many of the trademark aspects of The Fall's style, such as Smith’s idiosyncratic vocal delivery and the band's repetitive, driven musical backing.
The single also includes a B-side called "Putta Block."
The song has been re-issued several times, appearing on various compilation albums such as “50,000 Fall Fans Can't Be Wrong” and “Palace of Swords Reversed.”
Unlike conventional pop songs, the lyrics of "Totally Wired" are quite abstract and creative, a characteristic feature of The Fall’s discography.
Despite not being a chart-topper, "Totally Wired" helped define The Fall's sound and has remained one of their most popular songs over the decades.
Spotify Streams
As of 2022, "Totally Wired" has over 1 million streams on Spotify, showing that it continues to reach new audiences.

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